George Ruiz, M.D., a seasoned clinical cardiologist and proven leader, has joined as chair of cardiology and vice chair of the Geisinger Heart Institute.
As counterpart to John Conte, M.D., chair of cardiothoracic surgery and vice chair of the Heart Institute, Ruiz rounds out institute leadership under Alfred Casale, M.D., chief medical officer of surgical services and chair of the Heart Institute at Geisinger.
With more than 20 years of clinical experience, Ruiz cares for adult cardiology and adult congenital heart disease patients in central and northeastern Pennsylvania in addition to serving in his leadership roles.
Lehigh Valley Health Network
John Pierro is the health network’s new executive vice president and chief operating officer. Liv Vesely will serve as the new senior vice president and chief philanthropy officer.
Pierro comes from Steward Health Care System, an $8 billion health care network with 35 hospitals in 10 states. He served as regional chief operating officer of the organization’s north division, which includes two academic medical centers and 10 community hospitals, 2,800 beds and more than 14,000 employees. There, Pierro co-led a multidisciplinary team of physicians and nurses that established regional services/systems of care, achieved the Leapfrog No. 1 hospital in the state for patient experience, national recognition for two hospitals as Leapfrog “Top 100 Hospitals,” and national recognition for three hospitals as Leapfrog “Top Hospitals” for three consecutive years.
Vesely comes from Jupiter Medical Center Foundation in Florida, where she served as president and chief advancement officer. During her tenure, she developed a $300 million comprehensive campaign strategy and operational development plan to support the long-term strategic vision for the medical center, securing more than $230 million in five years. Vesely will design and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy and expand philanthropic efforts into more markets, establishing strong relationships with community members and partner organizations in all the regions the network serves.
Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office
The Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania (JDAP) has named attorney Cheryl Sobeski-Reedy to serve as treasurer for a two-year term.
The association is a statewide professional organization that provides legal training and resources for attorneys who represent children in juvenile delinquency proceedings and promotes quality and ethical representation for all disadvantaged youth.
Sobeski-Reedy serves on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee, the Luzerne County Juvenile Justice Task Force and has been a JDAP Board of Directors member since 2012.
The civil engineering firm with headquarters in Lackawanna County has announced the following staff promotions:
Thomas P. Murphy Jr., PE, has been named a principal in the firm. Murphy joined the firm in 2012 and has more than 20 years of experience as the lead design engineer on many major projects – including hospitals and healthcare facilities, academic buildings, high-rise buildings and corporate headquarters. As the structural engineering department head, Murphy is a leader across many categories and a role model for others. He earned a bachelor of architectural engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering from Penn State University, University Park.
David P. Lopatka has been promoted to principal. Lopatka joined the company seven years ago and has since played a direct and meaningful role in the growth and development of the civil engineering team. With more than 25 years of experience in the design and permitting of institutional, commercial, and industrial projects, Lopatka will continue to act in a leadership position for the department and on land development projects. He earned a bachelor of science, business administration degree from Wilkes University.
Ed Eckardt has been promoted to principal. With the firm since its founding in 2001, Eckardt is the department head of our steel detailing team and an expert in developing fabrication drawings, connection design and in steering many complex projects through demanding schedules. He has been involved in several projects including Integrated Project Delivery principals and LEAN design strategies. He will continue to lead the detailing group.
Michael J. Stremski, PE, has been promoted to associate principal. Stremski is an accomplished project manager and senior structural engineer with a long list of project accomplishments including a wide variety of high-profile projects. He brings a collaborative spirit and solid leadership to every project and team. As the assistant structural department head, Stremski will continue to exercise management responsibility for the performance of project teams on several concurrent projects while remaining actively involved in all aspects of each project through its successful conclusion. He earned a bachelor and master’s degrees in architectural engineering, structural option, Penn State University, University Park.
Michael Malone has been promoted to senior associate. As a senior detailer, Malone has more than 20 years of experience in structural steel detailing and design and demonstrates exceptional skill at developing solutions to complex issues. His strong communication skills and leadership within the department is an asset to the team.
Robin N. Vergari, PE, SE, has been promoted to senior associate. Vergari has been with the company since 2014 and has worked as a project manager on a variety of projects. She will continue to assume more responsibilities and successfully collaborate with clients on many of the firm’s most significant and complex projects. Vergari earned a master’s degree in architectural engineering from Penn State University.
Lisa B. Smith has been promoted to senior associate. Smith joined the company in 2015 as director of marketing where she has been responsible for the overall management of the firm’s marketing functions including strategic sales, relationship building and client specific marketing. Smith brings nearly 25 years of experience in advertising and marketing — including more than 15 years in the A/E industry.
Thomas Voglino, PE, has been promoted to senior associate. As a senior civil engineer and assistant civil engineering department head, Voglino has been with the company for six years. Throughout his tenure, he has proven himself to be a committed to the advancement of excellence within the department. Voglino will continue as the lead project manager for many of the firm’s land development projects in several market sectors to provide overall civil engineering design and procurement of local, state and federal permits. Voglino earned a bachelor of science environmental engineering degree from Wilkes University.
Brett Mace, PE, has been promoted to associate. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytech Institute with a BS in civil engineering, Mace provides a high caliber of structural engineering knowledge and design capabilities to the firm. This, together with his commitment to being responsive and a high level of enthusiasm on projects has proven to be invaluable on many complex projects with demanding schedules. Mace earned a bachelor of science structural engineering degree from Penn State University.
University of Scranton
Yaodong Bi, Ph.D., professor of computing sciences, was named Teacher of the Year by the university’s class of 2021. The award was presented at a virtual Class Night event on May 21.
The award honors a faculty member who maintains high standards of academic excellence and fairness, and through enthusiasm and dedication, inspires the interest of students in a field of education. The University’s Faculty Senate Academic Support Committee instituted the award in 1996.
Bi joined the faculty at Scranton in 1991.
Bi earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the Northeast University of Technology Shenyang, People’s Republic of China, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Megan Lee was recently promoted to director of community services.
Lee has served as a case manager and housing supervisor since February of 2020. She first worked at the agency from 2007 to 2009 holding the positions of nature specialist at Project Hope summer camp, assistant group supervisor in child care, and after school arts presenter with the youth program while earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from Keystone College. Lee spent eight years working in education in South Korea and in the TV and film industry in New York City before returning to the area and to the organization.
Lee will oversee 14 community service programs provided out of the Olive Street location in Scranton.